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The Jahangir Mahal is one of the best-preserved monuments in Orchha. Seen in the background in this view, it is one of the 50 or so palaces and forts built by Orchha’s most famous king, Bir Singh Ju Deo during his reign in the 17th century. It is Orchha's single most admired palace & was built as a monumental welcome present for the Mughal Emperor Jehangir when he paid a state visit in 1606 to present the Bir Singh with a sword, for having vanquished an old Mughal enemy.

The rulers of Orchha deftly adapted and experimented with the hybrid architectural style that was prevalent then. To them it was a political necessity (closeness to the Mughal rulers of Delhi), besides being a choice of style and a route to experimentation.

Jehangir Mahal, is airy and lighted since it has countless windows and pierced stone screens looking out over the skyline to the west, and a sea of treetops and ruined temples in the other direction.

Entering the palace from the West, this view of the courtyard shows many typical elements of the Rajput style - the chhatris (domed rooftop pavilion) and chhajjas(a Mughal style angled roof eave), domes, chambers, walkways, and terraces. The palace walls were originally painted in cream color, with decorative blue tile and paintings. From this POV, I tried to show the combination of large dome, open pavilion, continuing chhajjas and ornamental bracelets. The man reading his morning newspaper was a bonus.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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